Key Players Returning:
RB Jordan Howard, WR Cameron Meredith, TE Zach Miller, OC Cody Whitehair, OG Kyle Long, OG Josh Sitton, OT Charles Leno, OT Bobby Massie, DE Akiem Hicks, NT Eddie Goldman, LB Leonard Floyd, LB Jerrell Freeman, LB Lamarr Houston, LB Pernell McPhee, LB Danny Trevathan, LB Willie Young, CB Cre’von LeBlanc, CB Kyle Fuller, FS Adrian Amos, SS Harold Jones-Quartey, KR/PR Deonte Thompson, PK Connor Barth, and PT Pat O’Donnell.
Key Players Departing:
QB Jay Cutler (retired), QB Brian Hoyer (49ers), WR Alshon Jeffery (Eagles), DE Cornelius Washington (Lions), DT Chris Baker (Buccaneers), CB Tracy Porter (UFA), and PR Eddie Royal (UFA).
Key Players Added:
QB Mike Glennon (Buccaneers), WR Markus Wheaton (Steelers), WR Kendall Wright (Titans), CB Prince Amukamara (Jaguars), CB Marcus Cooper (Cardinals), SS Quinton Demps (Texans), and KR Benny Cunningham (Rams).
2017 Draft Picks:
Round 1: Pick 02 – QB Mitchell Trubisky (North Carolina)
Round 2: Pick 13 – TE Adam Shaheen (Ashland)
Round 4: Pick 05 – SS Eddie Jackson (Alabama)
Round 4: Pick 13 – RB Tarik Cohen (North Carolina A&T)
Round 5: Pick 03 – OG Jordan Morgan (Pennsylvania-Kutztown)
W01 at Houston Texans L 14-23
W02 PHILADELPHIA EAGLES L 14-29
W03 at Dallas Cowboys L 17-31
W04 DETROIT LIONS W 17-14
W05 at Indianapolis Colts L 23-29
W06 JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS L 16-17
W07 at Green Bay Packers L 10-26
W08 Minnesota Vikings W 20-10
W10 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 10-36
W11 at New York Giants L 16-22
W12 TENNESSEE TITANS L 21-27
W13 SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS W 26-6
W14 at Detroit Lions L 17-20
W15 GREEN BAY PACKERS L 27-30
W16 WASHINGTON REDSKINS L 21-41
W17 at Minnesota Vikings L 10-38
2016 Overall: 3-13 (4th in NFC North)
Head Coach: John Fox
Returning Statistical Leaders:
Passing: Cameron Meredith (1-1, 2 yards, 100%, 2.0 avg., 1 TD, 0 INT)
Rushing: Jordan Howard (252 car., 1313 yards, 5.2 avg., 6 TD)
Receiving: Cameron Meredith (66 rec., 888 yards, 13.5 avg., 4 TD)
Yards After Catch: Jordan Howard (325)
TD’s Scored: Jordan Howard (7)
Sacks: Willie Young (7.5)
Tackles: Jerrell Freeman (110)
Interceptions: Cre’Von LeBlanc (2)
Pass Deflections: Cre’Von LeBlanc (2)
Tackles For Loss: Jerrell Freeman (7)
Forced Fumbles: Joshua Bellamy/Akiem Hicks/Nick Kwiakoski (2)
Kick Returners: Deonte Thompson (35 ret., 804 yards, 23.0 avg., 0 TD)
Punt Returners: Cre’Von LeBlanc (5 ret., 43 yards, 8.6 avg., 0 TD)
Kicking: Connor Barth (18-23 fg/fga., 78%, 31-32 xp/xpa., 85 pts.)
Punting: Pat O’Donnell (68 punts, 2994 yards, 44.0 avg., 24 in20)
Projected Offensive Starters:
QB: 08 Mike Glennon
RB: 24 Jordan Howard
WR: 81 Cameron Meredith
WR: 11 Kevin White
WR: 12 Markus Wheaton
TE: 86 Zach Miller
LT: 72 Charles Leno
LG: 71 Josh Sitton
OC: 65 Cody Whitehair
RG: 75 Kyle Long
RT: 70 Bobby Massie
KR: 14 Deonte Thompson
PK: 04 Conner Barth
Projected Defensive Starters:
DE: 96 Akiem Hicks
NT: 91 Eddie Goldman
DE: 98 Mitch Unrein
LB: 92 Pernell McPhee
LB: 50 Jerrell Freeman
LB: 00 Danny Trevathan
LB: 99 Lamarr Houston
CB: 20 Prince Amukamara
CB: 23 Kyle Fuller
FS: 38 Adrian Amos
SS: 21 Quinton Demps
PR: 14 Deonte Thompson
PT: 16 Pat O’Donnell
09/10 1:00pm: ATLANTA FALCONS | Chicago leads the series 14-12. The Bears won (27-13) the last meeting between teams in 2014, and their last series home loss (17-20) was in 1983.
09/17 1:00pm: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Chicago leads the series 38-19. The Bears are 5-4 since 2002, and their last series road win (26-21) was in 2015.
09/24 1:00PM: PITTSBURGH STEELERS | Chicago leads the series 7-6. The Bears won (40-23) the last meeting between teams in 2013, and their last series loss (9-21) was in 2005.
09/28 8:25pm: at Green Bay Packers | Chicago trails the series 41-60. The Bears are 6-15 since 2007, and their last series road win (17-13) was in 2015.
10/09 8:30pm: Minnesota Vikings | Chicago trails the series 46-55-1. The Bears are 10-10 since 2007, and their last series home loss (20-23) was in 2015.
10/15 1:00pm: at Baltimore Ravens | Chicago leads the series 3-2. The Bears won (23-20) the last meeting between teams in 2013, and they haven’t won a game at Baltimore since 1998’s first meeting between teams.
10/22 1:00pm: CAROLINA PANTHERS | Chicago leads the series 5-4. The Bears lost (24-31) the last meeting between teams in 2014, and their only series home loss (21-29) was in 2005.
10/29 1:00pm: at New Orleans Saints | Chicago leads the series 15-14. The Bears lost (15-31) the last meeting between teams in 2014, and their last series road win (27-24) was in 2008.
11/12 1:00pm: GREEN BAY PACKERS | The Bears last series home win (20-17) was in 2010.
11/19 1:00pm: DETROIT LIONS | The series is tied 50-50-1. The Bears are 10-10 since 2007, and their last series home loss (20-24) was in 2015.
11/26 1:00pm: at Philadelphia Eagles | Chicago leads the series 16-11. The Bears are 4-3 since 2007, and their last series road win (30-24) was in 2011.
12/03 1:00pm: SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS | Chicago leads the series 14-19-1. The Bears are 3-3 since 2006, and their last series home loss (20-26) was in 2015.
12/10 1:00pm: at Cincinnati Bengals | Chicago trails the series 4-6. The Bears won (24-21) the last meeting between teams in 2013, and their last series road win (24-0) was in 2001.
12/16 4:30pm: at Detroit Lions | The Bears last series road win (26-24) was in 2012.
12/24 1:00pm: CLEVELAND BROWNS | Chicago trails the series 5-6. The Bears won (38-31) the last meeting between teams in 2013, and their only series home loss (24-28) was in 1969.
12/31 1:00pm: at Minnesota Vikings | The Bears last series road win (17-13) was in 2011.
Running Backs: B
Wide Receivers: C
Offense Line: A
Defensive Line: C
Kick Returners: B
Punt Returners: C
Overall: 3-13 (4th in NFC North)
Grades: A = Excellent, B = Good, C = Average
UFA: Unrestricted Free Agent
Series Histories: Histories are from the inception of the first Super Bowl season through present day.
Meetings prior to 1966 are not included. Playoff wins are included in the year the season took place. For example, if a team won a wildcard game in January of 2016, the game will be listed under the 2015 season.
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